Visit the Malaysian city of George Town on the island of Penang this summer for the George Town Festival. This year marks the 5-year anniversary of the event that runs from June 7 – July 7. It features 10 sites, 10 artists, and 10 gardens.
This art festival is unlike any other. It offers a balanced lineup that focuses on the best of George Town and Penang culture and also includes international performances and arts.
Secret Gardens of Earthly Delights
This sampling of garden sites highlighted at this year’s George Town Festival offers an idea of what you can expect in 2013.
- Air Plants by Wong Keng Fuan: This garden introduces hanging air plants on a steel archway in a public alley creating a pleasant shade along an otherwise hot and barren pathway. The landscape artist hopes to revitalize common spaces in the neighborhood.
- Ah Soh’s Place by Alex Lee: Lee is a DIY advocate and greenie who has chosen an abandoned housing lot where he will build on a community garden. His goal is to create a setting reminiscent of an old-style, traditional kitchen.
- Fireflies by River Lalang by Vin: This site creates an enchanting landscape by the Town Hall. The artist transforms the area with plants including: lalang, cat whiskers, angel flowers, reeds and other willowy plants along with strategically placed fiberoptic lights. At night it transforms into a river of fireflies and greenery.
- Mosaic Koi Fish Pond by Adam Michalski: This display is found at a shady corner where the glass and mosaic artist Adam Michalski will create a koi fish pond made from art glass and glass mosaic.
Obscura – Festival within the Festival
Obscura is a photography festival exhibiting photography from professionals and amateurs. Displays include a series of public exhibitions, talks and forums, workshops and portfolio reviews and runs from June 21-28.
Other events include filmmaking, a brand new dance inspired by skill, strength, and the spirituality of Buddhist Shaolin monks, and a two-day celebration that showcases traditional arts, food, and local crafts. This festival is a true cultural experience.
For more information, visit their website.